Presentations

Invited Lectures and Presentations

  • Guest speaker: "Capacity for Natural Resource Management in Africa: The Role of Africa Diaspora" presentatation at the 2012 Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series, (theme: Strategies For Engaging the Diaspora in Capacity Development in Africa) organized by the Constituency for Africa (CFA) and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Conference, September 17-24, 2012, Washington, D.C.
  • Keynote Address, "You are the hope: The Youth in Africa's Development" Africa Students Association, Iowa State University, April 14th 2012
  • Guest speaker, "US-China-Africa Relationship: New Scramble for Africa?" On Common Ground Conference, organized by the Forum For American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES), Stanford University, April 12-16, 2010
  • Guest speaker, "Christian Faith and International Development in Practice: How US Christians can help achieve the Millennium Development Goals?" Part of Christian Faith and International Development in Practice series, Collegiate Presbyterian Church, Ames, May 2, 2010
  • Guest speaker, "Deepening Democracy in Ghana: Some Observations from the 2008 Elections" presentation at 52nd Anniversary of Ghana’s Independence, Ghana Association of Iowa, March, 2009, Des Moines, IA
  • Guest speaker, "Planning for Changing Livelihood Strategies in African Cities: Challenges and Opportunities" Cities in Africa seminar series, Kansas African Studies Center, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, March 15, 2007
  • Guest speaker, "Recounting Ghana's independence from British colonialism" presentation at a symposium on "Celebrating 50 years as a beacon of Hope in Africa" Ghana Association of Iowa, March, 2007, Des Moines, IA
  • Guest speaker, "The African Woman in Perspective" Presentation at the 3rd Annual Umoja Conference, organized by the Grinnell College African Students Union, Grinnell College, April, 2006
  • Guest Speaker, "Measuring what counts for a Healthy Economy in Minnesota" Presentation at the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture Research Forum, Iowa State University, March, 2006
  • Guest Speaker, "The World Bank, African Leaders and Development Policy in Africa" Presentation at International Seminar, Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa, February, 2006
  • Keynote speaker, "Empowering Future Generations," Kenyan Night, organized by the Kenyan Students Association, Iowa State University, November, 2005
  • Guest Speaker, "Iowa in Ghana: Dr. Michael Warren and the Bono - Techiman of Ghana" Presentation at the Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, as part of Iowa in Ghana Exhibition, August, 2005.
  • Guest Speaker, "Changing Realities, Static Theories, and Conceptual Dead-Ends: Theoretical and Development Implications of Changing Livelihood Strategies in African Cities." Seminar honoring the retirement of Professor Michael McNulty, organized by the Department of Geography and African Studies Program, University of Iowa, IA, April, 2005
  • Guest Speaker, "A Ghanaian Perspective on Slavery and Slave Trade" at the African American Historical & Cultural Museum, Waterloo, IA, April, 2005
  • Guest Speaker, "Attacking Terrorism at its Roots? U.S. Millennium Challenge Account and Poverty Reduction in Africa” African Studies Colloquia, Iowa State University, IA, February, 2005
  • Guest speaker, "Events and Things we'd rather forget: A Ghanaian Perspective on Slavery and Slave Trade" at the African American Historical Museum & Cultural Center of Iowa (AAHMCCI), Cedar Rapids, IA, November, 2004
  • Keynote address, "Development in Africa: Beyond Afro-Pessimism" African Night, organized by the African Students Association, Iowa State University, April, 2004
  • Guest Speaker, "The International Community and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD): Pragmatism or Post-9/11 Reality?" Presentation at the Department of Geography Seminar Series, Miami University, Ohio, January, 2004
  • Speaker, "Organizational Culture and Performance of Public Organizations in Ghana: Some Preliminary Findings" presentation at the Workshop on Public Sector Effectiveness, Accra, Ghana, December, 2003
  • "Economic Development Issues in Africa" Presentation at the African Studies Colloquia, Iowa State University, IA, October, 2003
  • "Geography and (under)development: Africans as Prisoners of Geography?" Presentation at the Fall 2003 College for Seniors course on African Mosaic, Iowa State University, September, 2003
  • Guest speaker, "Livelihood Strategies and Public Organizations in Ghana" Catholic University of Ghana, Ghana, July, 2003
  • Speaker, "Adventures in Planning: Doing Development in Africa" Department of Community & Regional Planning Coffee Talk, Iowa State University, IA, March, 2003
  • Guest speaker, "What United States citizenship means to me" Naturalization Ceremony, Iowa Federal Court, Des Moines, September, 2002
  • Guest speaker, "Globalization: What on Earth is it about?" Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, February, 2002
  • Guest speaker, "Development of Community Indicators for Council Bluffs" Community Enhancement Committee of the Iowa West Foundation, December, 2001
  • Guest speaker, "How Ghana's Public Health Employees make a Living and Why it Leads to Low Productivity" Forum on Health and Human Rights in Africa organized by the Program on Africa, University of Washington, WA, December, 2000
  • Speaker "Social and Economic Impacts of Structural Adjustment in Africa" at the Department of Geography Coffee hour Series, University of Minnesota, MN, April, 1997

Peer-Reviewed Lectures and Presentations

  • "Building a Developmental Public Sector for Development in Sub-Sahara Africa" International Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), Merida, Mexico, June 18-22 2012(with Frank Ohemeng)
  • "Where Private Sector Solutions are not enough: The Case for a Developmental Public Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa" XVI Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), Rome, Italy, 11-13 April, 2012 (With Frank Ohemeng)
  • "Globalization and African development: Challenging the hegemonic marginalization narrative" Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, February 2012, New York.
  • "Harnessing the Benefits of State Housing Trust Funds: Understanding the Role of Local Administrators in Meeting Affordable Housing Needs in Iowa" Annual conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2011, (with Carlton Basmajian)
  • "Does Marriage Increase the Risk of HIV/AIDS for Young Women? Evidence from Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe" Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, August 2011, (with Christobel Asiedu and Elizabeth Asiedu)
  • "The Politics of Tax Administration Reforms in Developing Countries: A Critical Examination of the Ghanaian Case" Annual meeting of the International Research Society for Public Management, (IRSPM), Dublin, Ireland, 11th – 13th April, 2011, Panel Track on The Politics and Governance of Public Services in Developing Countries (with Frank Ohemeng)
  • "Implementing Performance-Based Management System in Ghana: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?" Annual meeting of the International Research Society for Public Management, (IRSPM), Dublin, Ireland, 11th – 13th April, 2011, Panel Track on The Praxis of Performance Management in Public Services (with Frank Ohemeng)
  • "Making Governance Indicators Useful in Poor Countries: A Case for Governance Indicators to Promote Change" Annual conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), October 6-9, 2010 Minneapolis, MN
  • "Post-Washington Consensus & Developmental Public Service: Organizational Culture as a Framework for Public Sector Reform in Africa" Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, Nevada, March, 2009
  • "Effects of HIV/AIDS on Poverty in Sub-Saharan African Cities" 51st Annual Meeting of the Africa Studies Association in Chicago, IL, November 13-16, 2008
  • "Why Do Ethanol Plants Locate Where They Do? Locational Choices of Ethanol Refineries in the American Midwest" (Monica Haddad and Gary Taylor) Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts, April 15-19, 2008
  • "Neoliberalism and the Changing Nature of Formal Sector Work in Urban Ghana" Annual conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), October 18-212007 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • "Rethinking Public Sector Reforms in Ghana: The case for Greater Empiricism and Understanding of Organizational Cultures" Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois, March, 2006
  • "Competing Hegemons: American versus Chinese Geo-economic Strategies in Africa" Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois, March, 2006 (with Pádraig Carmody)
  • "Geography and Public Sector Reforms in Ghana: The case for Greater Empiricism in Policy Design" Presentation at 57th Annual Meeting of the West Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers and the International Geographical Union’s Commission on Geography and Public Policy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, November, 2005
  • "Planning for Changing Livelihood Strategies in African Cities" Presentation at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Kansas City, MO, October, 2005
  • "Organizational Culture, Performance and Public Sector Reforms in Africa: The Ghanaian Case" Presentation at the "International Conference on Shared Growth in Africa" organized by Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, Cornell University, World Bank, United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Accra, Ghana, July, 2005
  • "Multiple Livelihood Strategies in African Cities: Implications for Planning and Development" Presentation at the 101st Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Denver, April, 2005
  • "Organizational Culture and the Performance of Public Organizations in Ghana: Learning from Good Performers" Presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Portland, Oregon, October, 2004
  • "Student Learning Outcomes Assessment in the Planning Curriculum" Presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Portland, Oregon, October, 2004 (with 4 others)
  • "Falling through the cracks? Poverty Reduction in Africa and the US War on Terrorism" Presented at the 100th Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, PA, March, 2004
  • "The International Community and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD): Pragmatism or Post-9/11 Reality?" Presented at the 99th annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, LA, March, 2003
  • "Livelihood Strategies & Public Institutions: Explaining the poor performance of Schools and hospitals in Ghana" Presented at the 98th Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, March, 2002
  • "Structural Adjustment, Urban Impoverishment and Multiple Modes of Livelihood in Ghana" Presented at the 95th Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, Honolulu, Hawaii, March, 1999
  • "Structural Adjustment, Urban Livelihood and Service Provision in Ghana" Presented at the MacArthur Consortium on International Peace and Cooperation, Spring Symposium entitled “The Challenge of Urban Sustainability”, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, May, 1998
  • "States and Industrial Development: The case of Botswana" Presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA, March, 1998 (with Abdi Samatar)
  • "Ghana's Structural Adjustment and the Burden of Survival" Presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, Fort Worth, TX, April, 1997
  • "Liberal Democracy versus Social Justice in Botswana: A Model for Africa?" Presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL, March, 1995 (with Abdi Samatar)
  • "Unequal Regional Development in Ghana: The Root Causes and their Implications for Current Development Policies” Presented at the 90th Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA, March/April, 1994
  • "Spatial Implications of Ghana's Structural Adjustment Program" Presented at the 21st Annual Canadian Association of African Studies Conference, University of Quebec, Montreal Canada, May, 1992
  • "Migration and Regional Development in Africa: Evidence from the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana" Presented at 1991 Annual Meeting and 40th Anniversary of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Queens University, Kingston, Canada, June, 1991 (with Joseph Mensah)
  • "Migration and Agricultural Production in Ghana: Evidence from Brong Ahafo Region" Presented at the 20th Annual Canadian Association of African Studies Conference, Toronto, Canada, May, 1991

Other Conference Activities

  • Discussant, African Capacity Building Foundation sponsored session on "Building Capacity for Natural Resource Management and Structural Transformation in Africa" 15th Global Development Network (GDN) Annual Global Development Conference, Accra, Ghana 18-20th June, 2014
  • Co-organizer, panel on "Rethinking Public Sector Reforms in Democratic Developmental States" International Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), Merida, Mexico, June 18-22, 2012 (with Frank Ohemeng)
  • Participant, 2012 Africa Capacity Indicators Report (ACIR) Launch & Panel Discussion, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA, May 17th 2012
  • Chaired a session on "ACIR Design and Roll-Out (Strategy, Field Surveys & Data Collection)" & served as a panelist on a session on Crystalizing Vision, Intention and Creating Strategic Scenarios (In-depth Discussion on Draft 2012 ACIR Report, Next Steps and Way Forward), 2012 ACIR Validation Workshop, Tunis, Tunisia, 19-20th January 2012
  • Panelist, "Overview of the 2012 "” at the 2012 Africa Capacity Indicators Report (ACIR) Book Launch And Round Table Discussion, London, United Kingdom April 3, 2012
  • Co-organizer & chair, session on "New Geographies of African Development" Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, February 2012, New York (with Padraig Carmody)
  • "Globalization and Africa’s Development" Nordic African Institute, Uppsala, Sweden, Jan 17th 2012
  • Chair, Kwadwo Konadu Agyemang Distinguished Scholar Award Committee, African Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, 2012
  • Faculty Expert, World Food Prize Youth Institute, Pioneer Carver Center, Oct. 18th 2011, Des Moines
  • Co-organizer, "The Challenge of Global Aging" Heartland Global Health Consortium (HGHC) 3nd Annual Conference, October 12, 2011, Des Moines University, Des Moines
  • Conference Organizer, "Influence of Agriculture on Global Health" Heartland Global Health Consortium (HGHC) 2nd Annual Conference, October 13, 2010, Des Moines University, Des Moines
  • Discussant, session on "Planning, Housing and Urban Livelihoods" Annual conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), October 6-9, 2010 Minneapolis, MN
  • Co-organizer and Chair, three sessions on "Beyond the 'Post' and Revisionist Discourses in African Development: Exploring Real Solutions to Africa's Problems" Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, Nevada, March, 2009
  • Participant, Biofuels and the Rural Economy Roundtable, Town/Craft ISU Extension, Perry, IA, May 2008.
  • Program Organizer, "Poverty, Food Security, Health, Education & Governance in Africa - Conversations with African Ambassadors and Leaders", Iowa State University, October 17, 2007;
  • Session Organizer, "Urban Work/Labour: The Politics and Ethics of the Changing Development Debate", Annual conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning ACSP, October 18-2, 2007 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Poster, "Geographic Analysis of Foreclosure Trends and Patterns in a Small Town America" (with Abigail Amissah-Arthur and Brittany Ryhal of Slippery Rock University) Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts, April 15-19, 2008;
  • Panel Organizer and Panelist, "Opportunities, Expectations and Challenges of Organizing Trans-Atlantic Conferences and Workshops in Africa", Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts, April 15-19, 2008
  • Session Organizer and Chair, "Africa's Economic Recovery: Opportunities and Challenges: In Memory of Professor Konadu-Agyemang", Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts, April 15-19, 2008
  • Discussant, paper session on "Religion in Transnational Migration and Development" Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 17-21 2007, San Francisco, CA
  • Panelist, "Global Climatic Change and its impact on Africa" part of the 2007 Pesek Colloquium for Sustainable Agriculture, organized by the Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture, on February 28, 2007 at Iowa State University
  • Panelist, "How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place" World Affairs Series, University Lectures Program on November 13, 2006
  • Panelist, "One Foot In: Geographers Working in Other Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Applications” Panel discussion at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois, March, 2006
  • Organizer and Chair, session on "Changing Livelihoods in Africa: Development and Planning Implications" at the 101st Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Denver, April, 2005
  • Co-organizer, session on "Africa in the Post-911 World" at the 100th annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, PA, March, 2004
  • Co-organizer, four sessions on "Africa's Development in the 21st Century: Pertinent issues, Opportunities and Challenges" at the 99th annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, LA, March, 2003
  • Chair, session on "Homelessness and Planning in a Comparative Perspective: India, Africa and the East in a Historical and Contemporary Approach" at the 98th Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, March, 2002
  • Co-Organizer, two sessions on "Economic Reform and Change in Africa and Latin America" at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Honolulu, Hawaii, March, 1999
  • Co-Organizer, session on "Global Restructuring and the Third World" at the 94th Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA, March, 1998
  • Co-Organizer, session on "Social and Economic impacts of Structural Adjustment Programs in Africa" at the 93rd Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, Fort Worth, TX, April, 1997
  • Panelist "Religion and Politics Today" Panel discussion at the Conference on “Africa toward the 21st Century: Developing with our Soul” Minneapolis, MN, March, 1995